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Has your child ever had molluscum contagiosum ?

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#1 funandlaughter

Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:40 AM

Molluscum contagiosum warts?


My 5yr old has had them on the side of her stomach for almost 6months now. They aren't healing, we have tried tape stripping but it irritated her eczema to the point that we wont be trying it again.

Her eczema has flared up to the point she is scratching until she bleeds. Creams from the doctors help for a few days and then it flares straight back to where it was.

If your child or someone you know has had them:
How long did it take for them to go away on there own?
Was there a form of treatment that helped?
any advice you could share?

Thanks in advance

Edited by Therese, 29 October 2012 - 07:53 AM.
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#2 kristylee21

Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:44 AM

My dd had them from about 9 months till she was nearly two. Doc just said to leave them alone and they should go away on there own accord... she had one very persistant one that stayed on her chin for over a year but there is now no sign of it. Dont try to scratch them or get them off as they can scar.
My doc said they can freeze them off it they stay on longer than 2 years but dont like to on young children as again they can leave a scar

#3 funandlaughter

Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:47 AM

How many did she have?

My daughter has close to 30 of them now. she started off with around 10 but it looks like a new one is popping up nearly every week

#4 kristylee21

Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:50 AM

she had them on her face, arms and chest....even one on her leg at one point. They would vary weekly. Sometimes only had about 10, other times she would have up to about 40. they all seemed to come and go at different times. Some would only last a week others would stay for months

#5 kristylee21

Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:51 AM

We did stop using normal soap on her and there seemed to be less, we use QV instead

#6 JessMcA

Posted 29 October 2012 - 07:52 AM

My little boy had them for probably a year, maybe a bit longer? Started on his legs and moved to his stomach and side. We were advised not to do anything to them and so we didn't, and they all went away eventually.  There is a visible mark where two of them were - they were the worst ones and the only ones that he really scratched and tore open.  But even those marks are fading so I don't know if they'll be there permanently.

#7 funandlaughter

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:08 AM

thank you ladies. It is reassuring to hear that they went away.

DD had eczema as a baby and hadn't got any for a few years until these warts showed up. it is quite bad and im worried more about the eczema then the warts themself.

we only use eczema shampoo, conditioner, bathwash, moisturiser and prescription cream on her. thinking i may need to swap to soap nuts for washing powder to see if that will help her.

apparently the warts can flare up preexisting skin conditions.  
thank you for your help

#8 somila

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:14 AM

My DS#1 has a combination of eczema and molluscum contagiosum.  The molluscum have been there for over a year now.  Tape didn't work.  GP says he promises they won't be there when DS is 21.

#9 I*Love*Christmas

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:16 AM

My brothers had these when they were little. I never got any for some reason. Mum can't remember exactly (20 years ago now) but she said it lasted about 9months - 1year and went away by itself. The older of my brothers had it worse and had heaps.

#10 Flaxen

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:25 AM

I had this when i was a youngin, It cleared up in 2 weeks with a topical cream.
I had a recurrance about 8 years ago, and it was my choice to use aldara cream ($$$) from the doctor, or send a script to the Royal Childrens for a jar of made up cream which was much cheaper than aldara. Highly recommend the cream.

#11 Pop-to-the-shops

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:29 AM

My dds have had them for about 6-9 months now.

We have tried the cream from the rch pharmacy, which helped a bit, but cause eczema to flare up.

Lately we have left them alone. No baths just showerS, and clean pjs singlets and towels each day seem to help stop them spreading.

#12 CallMeFeral

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:36 AM

DD had it for a few weeks, fortunately it resolved quickly but I know iy doesnt always. I think I put tea tree oil on a couple of them but not sure it made any difference.

#13 SeaPrincess

Posted 29 October 2012 - 08:58 AM

2 of my children have/had them.  DS1 had one on his knee that kept getting knocked and bleeding.  Our GP froze it (and a couple of others) with liquid nitrogen.  DD's had 2 that went away on their own, but it took close to a year.


#14 immismum

Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:06 AM

My cousins daughter had them, also in combination with excema.

It took ages for them to go, (about two years) and she also has scars from them.  They only really got on top of them when they got a referral to a paediatric dermatologist.

Not being my child I can't remember exactly what they did, but it involved the dermatologist pricking the top of them , painting each one with betadine, and getting the cream from the royal children's hospital.

Particularly when Excema is also a factor, you need specialist help, go to your GP and get a referral, and good luck.

#15 mill85

Posted 29 October 2012 - 09:30 AM

My DS had it and we used the cream from the royal children's but had it made up at a compounding pharmacy near our house. It cleared them up almost overnight. Prior to using Thr cream we had tried just about every potion and lotion. He also has eczema but I didnt notice the cream flaring it up.

#16 Phascogale

Posted 29 October 2012 - 10:53 AM

DD2 had them for 6-9 months and they just disappeared - there were only a few on her thigh and on the inside of her upper arm.  DD3 has had them for close to 12 months now and when I looked at the yesterday they seem to have multiplied.  They are mainly on one thigh and one side of her abdomen.  I'm hoping they go soon.

#17 imamumto3

Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:01 AM

ds had them when he was about 1.  We (& sil whos dd had them) got an ointment from the gp. Once a day you prick the centre of it, put the ointment on & cover it up.  it took about a week of this treatment for them to disappear

#18 cameo

Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:05 AM

DD had them for over a year and they did not go away at all.  They just kept on spreading.  We got the cream from the RCH (emailed script to them and they posted cream out) and I swear they went away after a week.  

You absolutely have to get the cream, it's the only thing that worked for us, and we tried numerous odd types of cures.

#19 DandS

Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:11 AM

Two of my boys had this a few years ago. They had it for probably 6 months - 1 year. We tried many creams, and saw several Drs, but nothing seemed to work. In the end we squeezed them (which isnt ideal, I know), and it worked. It did leave scars on them though - as theirs were on their torso, this doesnt worry us or them.

Edited by DandS, 29 October 2012 - 11:12 AM.

#20 Guest_Lilybird_*

Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:13 AM

Hi there,

me and my sister had these as kids, my sister had quite large ones all over her back, while I got lots of tiny little ones all over my arpits and down the sides of my tummy.

We did the cream I think for about six months? but it just didnt go away. I'm not sure if they still do this, but we ended up having a liquid nitrogen treatment where they just burnt the tops of each one with the liquid nitrogen. I know that sounds a bit horrible original.gif but i was 7 at the time, and can still remember telling my mum that it didn't even hurt original.gif But from memory after we had that done they just went away.

That said, this was all about 15 years ago, so the creams are probably a LOT better than what we had back then!

#21 **Jilly**

Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:21 AM

DD1 had them from about the age of 1 for at least 2 years from beginning to end.  I was so frustrated.  The first one appeared next to her ear on her face - fortunately that was the only one on her face but she had a few nasty ones on her tummy and lots of little ones under her chin, some even on the inside of her legs near her groin.  

I took her to a dermatologist and he didn't want to do anything, he told me they are like a pox virus and when your body decides to fight the pox then they will start to go away (something along those lines anyway).  Once they did start to go, they got really angry and pussy, they didn't seem to bother her though.  Apparently they shouldn't scar but DD has some little pox marks now under her chin, all but one other haven't left a mark.  

DD2 had a lot less and they seemed to clear up within 6-9 months, only one that scarred was one on her shoulder that got really angry and pussy.  

I suppose DD1's body isn't that great at fighting these things... sad.gif

#22 perthgal3

Posted 29 October 2012 - 11:24 AM

My DS8 had them for over a year quite bad on his arm and stomach.  He also had the bleeding and excema issues.  My doctor advised to leave them alone and sure enough they went away on there own after about a year.  

My DS3 now has them but they are less severe than his brother's and he isn't prone to excema.  He has only a couple on his torso and wrist and I plan to just ignore them.

#23 funandlaughter

Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:07 PM

thanks everyone.

does anyone know the actual name of the cream from RCH so I can ask my doctor to look in to it please

#24 aussierach

Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:22 PM

my 3tr old has had a patch behind his knee now for goign on 3mths.. it got quite bad last week so we are now using a cream which has clered up the redness and dry skin all he has left are the bumps but it has discoloured a patch of skin there

#25 Phoenix Blue

Posted 29 October 2012 - 12:42 PM

Both my boys had this at the same time.  I used wheatgrass spray which worked great for DS1 and his started clearing up immediately.  Didn't seems to be too effective on DS2 though, and his hung around for a lot longer.  Probably almost a year for him.

You can buy wheatgrass spray online.  Google dr wheatgrass.

Both my boys had this at the same time.  I used wheatgrass spray which worked great for DS1 and his started clearing up immediately.  Didn't seems to be too effective on DS2 though, and his hung around for a lot longer.  Probably almost a year for him.

You can buy wheatgrass spray online.  Google dr wheatgrass.

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